Following comments from OSN about "unrealistic" pricing, Discovery, which pulled its channels from the pay TV bouquet on December 11, went public with the exact reason for its decision.
Discovery announced December 11 that it had pulled its channels from Dubai-based pay-TV network OSN. The pay-TV network reacted to the announcement by expressing disappointment and stating that the two parties were unable to come to an agreement owing to “unrealistic” price expectations for the Discovery portfolio.
In response to OSN’s comment, Discovery issued a second statement to BroadcastPro ME that it would like “to set the record straight”.
“We have kept the terms of the OSN negotiations confidential but feel that in light of OSN’s public comments, we have to set the record straight. The issue is not unrealistic payment expectations, but rather non-payment for the provision of our channels and content during 2019. This is the reason we were regrettably forced to terminate our agreement with OSN and take our channels off air.
“As ever, the priority remains with Discovery’s fans. We are working tirelessly towards a solution, which will see our much-loved content back on screens across the region, and hope the parties can reach a swift resolution for the benefit of our customers.”